HEATHCOTE Fire Brigade Captain Carl Watkins is urging locals to take care after the brigade attended three illegal burn-offs in the last week.
Mr Watkins said people seem to be ignoring fire restrictions and local bylaws and illegally lighting up.
“People need to be aware that their fires may keep burning long after — even if it doesn’t look like it,” he said.
“Those people who were caught burning off last week will most likely be fined by the police.”
Even if fire restrictions are lifted, local bylaws prohibit burning off on properties which are less than one hectare.
“Just be cautious and comply. Anytime outside of the fire danger period people can register their burn-off with the CFA which saves the brigade being called out unnecessarily,” Mr Watkins said.
City of Greater Bendigo states that a fire lit for cooking or warmth does not require a permit providing it is lit in a properly constructed fireplace, not larger than one metre square and must be 5m clear from any fence, building or structure.
Cooking and warmth fires are allowed during the Fire Danger Period provided regulations are met, but not on a Total Fire Ban Day.
Residents can register their burn-off by calling the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority on 1800668511 or by visiting cfa.vic.gov.au